>>:>For instance, if HPFS and Win-os/2 were the only parts owned by MS, we
>>:>could just replace them with ex2fs and Wine. But if the Warp4 kernal is
>>:>owned by MS then we are out of luck.
>>:>Another option which sound like they might be considering is releasing
>>:>parts of OS/2 as source, or at least some componenets. I would really
>>:>like to see the WPS go open source, but that would be a long shot at
>>:>best, but probably more important then the kernal.
>>: According to the article whose link I posted earlier today in another
>>: thread, Microsoft owns code in the networking area and in the
>>The networking probably could be replaced with code from the BSD or Linux
>>world. The presentation manager would be harder. The only practical
>>replacement would be Xfree86 with the WPS ported to it. That doesn't
>>very good yet.
>>: It's likely that there are other things, too.
>If only we could get Apple to hate M$ as much as IBM does, then we'd
>have MacOS X on Linux by the end of the year. IBM has the motive and
>the means to make WPS open source (or at least part of it) but it
>doesn't apparently have the opportunity (or does it?)
motive to do this. Users of OS/2 *wish* IBM would do this, but no-one has
ever come up with a tangible reason why IBM should do this which would
actually benefit IBM's bottom line. (Most of the arguments in favor come
down to some sort of nebulous increase in user good will, or focus on the
possibility of harming Microsoft. Unfortunately, neither of those actually
results in profit for IBM.)
It is the absence of motive which explains why this hasn't happened. It
simply would not do IBM any good.
Yes, it would be cool -- for the users. But there's no reason to believeQuote:>It would be soooooo cool if IBM would open source what it could of
>OS/2 for the Linux community. As it is, they might just give some
>support for the GUI efforts that are already floating about.
that it would be cool for IBM.
As of close of market today (2/3/99) AAPL had a market cap of $5.4 billion.Quote:>If Apple's stock price tanks again, you might seen Sun grow more
>interested in it and eventually give the upper levels of OSX a Java 2
>I still think a Linux hardware company like VA Research could go
>public and then buy Apple with a high stock price...then open source
>the parts of OSX that Linux needs.
That's based on closing stock price of 40.1875. When rumors of a takeover
happen, stock prices usually rise. A takeover of Apple would probably come
in above $8 billion.
I think it extremely unlikely that any privately held corporation has that
kind of financial clout. Let's be realistic, shall we? Pipe dreams are down
the hall, second door on the left.
By the way, what you're saying is that these guys should spend that $8
billion simply to give away what they bought. Just what do they get for
their immense investment?
I think you're overly optimistic and underly realistic.Quote:>I predict the next 100 billion fortune will be made by the company
>that gives Linux a newbie friendly install/GUI.
>and I predict that either Apple or IBM will have given Linux the
>newbie "kings to the kingdom" (a GUI) by the end of the year.